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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Self-Sufficiency Ambush

What was one circumstance that threaten to ambush you in your spiritual life? How did you deal with it? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1560).

I had an age old temptation; namely, if I followed the law and in this sense was a "good boy" I could be spiritually quite self-sufficient, thank you. This is essentially the temptation to not recognize my dependency upon God (or anyone else) and in its place to assume a quite self-sufficient and circumscribed state of individual "responsibility" and action.  This malady can most typically invade the psyche of the young and inexperienced who don't know their ass from a hole in the ground but are certain they do.

As to the question of how I dealt with it--the answer is I didn't. Quite to the contrary, the Maker and his world dealt with me.  One would have to be exceptionally dumb to avoid the obvious conclusion that individual self-sufficiency is largely a myth perpetrated by inexperience upon the most vulnerable and callow of fistulate egos.

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